The Glow Up Podcast show

The Glow Up Podcast

Summary: Stories of the grind before the shine, and how you can glow up in your business or career. Host Lené Hypolite is on a journey to find out what it takes by interviewing boss women and men who are successful in their own right. The Glow Up Podcast highlights the part that you won't see on social media. Guests will share the roadblocks, challenges, and struggles that they went through to get where they are today. Hear how Tonya Rapley went from being in debt to creating a growing personal finance business, how Rachel Hill retired at 27, and how Annastazia Unce went from homeless to owning her own spa,


 Ep 46 How to balance business, career and life with Chris-Tia Donaldson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:56

This week, we’re talking to Chris-Tia Donaldson, the founder of Thank God It’s Natural, a manufacturer of natural hair products. Chris-Tia shares her journey through the corporate world as a lawyer, running a successful business, and surviving breast cancer.  What makes Chris-Tia’s story so amazing is that she’s had to juggle everything that life threw at her while fighting breast cancer. She talks about keeping her faith and balance, life after becoming a survivor, and what she learned along th

 Ep 45. How Khadijah Polly of Kay’s Kettle Corn grew her popcorn business to a $30k per month brand | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:56

This week we’re talking to Khadijah Polly about how she took one of the simplest ideas and grew it into a multiple six-figure business.  Not long after getting laid off, Khadijah used a skydiving trip as the motivation she needed to go all in her most recent business idea.  After starting the business by making popcorn in her kitchen, It didn't take long before Kay's Kettle Corn took off, and Khadijah started doing events, servicing colleges, and even created a popcorn subscription business. 

 Ep 44. How Sienna Brown of Las Morenas de Espana designed her dream business and career in Spain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:56

This week we’re talking to the founder of Las Morenas de España (LMDES), Sienna Brown.   After spending a year in Spain for a study abroad program, Sienna put a plan together to make her move to Spain permanent. Six years letter, she's working in her dream role as a communications manager and has grown LMDES into a movement and a business on teaching women of color how to move abroad.  

 Ep 43. How Suzanne Khan went from corporate burnout to deciding to live life on her own terms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:57

I love when I get to interview other boss Bermudian Women.  In this episode. Suzanne Kipps was working in the insurance industry, married, with a baby girl and climbing the corporate ladder.  After getting pregnant with her second child, she felt like she had to make a decision to live a life she wanted. As soon as she got her bonus (she had to secure the bag first!), she handed in her resignation and started to live the life she wanted.

 Ep 42. Five things I’ve learned since becoming an entrepreneur | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:25

Whew!  This entrepreneur life has been a journey and I’m really still at the beginning of it, but I wanted to take a moment and reflect by sharing the five things I’ve learned since starting my own business.  I’m sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly because I don’t want you to ever say that no one told you!

 Ep 41. How Chic Geeks founder Candice Adams created a line of laptop cases from her savings, and turned it into a 6 figure brand for girl bosses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 34:28

We’re talking to Candice Adams about her journey to creating Chic Geeks, a store that specializes in Macbook cases for girl bosses. The idea came to her when she realized she could meet a need in the market.  After 2 years of working to get the product right, Chic Geeks was finally launched. Candice shares all the lessons she’s learned along the way. Get 10% off of all Chic Geeks orders for The Glow Up Podcast listeners (limited time only!) Go to and use the code: GLOWUP

 Ep 40. How world traveler Jessica Nabongo made it her mission to visit every country in the world. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 22:22

Imagine deciding on the life you want, and then adjusting everything else to fit around it.  Goals, right? That’s exactly what world traveler and go-getter Jessica Nabongo did. Jessica is on a mission to visit all 195 UN countries, and she’s almost DONE!  At the time we recorded, she had about 25 countries left, now she’s down to only 10! If you’re trying to make a deliberate shift in the way you live your life, and need the inspiration to keep going, this episode is for you!

 Ep 39. From three time college drop out to running a six figure business - with Atiyah McDaniels, Author and founder of Intense Beauté | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 25:19

Atiyah McDaniels dropped out of college three times. The first time, she went for fashion designing. The second time, she went for business.  The third time, she went for communications. It just wasn’t for her.  Literally 2 months after dropping out the last time, she had already started her hair business. Atiyah set herself apart by creating a professional, upscale and chic brand right from the beginning and used her sales skills to bring in revenue. by the end of year one, she was making 6 fig

 Ep 38. How L’areal Lipkins went from being unpublished to completing her first book in 21 days. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:26

Today we have the queen of crushing goals back on the show! L’areal Lipkins, founder of Vision Boards Over Brunch is back to talk about her journey writing her first book in 21 days. L’areal is dropping gems this entire episode. She sharing the raw truth about how she wasn’t connecting with what she was writing but then started to follow her inner voice.  If you’re trying to write a book, start a podcast, begin blogging, this episode is for you. 

 Ep 37. My experience at Summit21 and the importance of networking in your industry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:30

A few weeks ago, I went to Summit21.  I wanted to share my personal experience on the conference and how it reiterated the importance of connection and support with others in my industry.  Check it out!

 Ep 36. How Angela Holton went from premed in college, to being a successful relationship coach | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:48

We’re talking to Angela about her journey to become a relationship coach and someone who helps other people to be conscious about dating and how she discovered this piece of herself. Angela also shares some of the most common issues that Black Women have when it comes to dating.

 Ep 35. [REWIND] 4 reasons why you're not accomplishing your goals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:25

This week, we're taking it back to one of my favorite episodes, because it's so relevant today!  If you're feeling unstuck, or like things aren't moving for you, at least one of these four reasons could be why.  Take a listen and let me know what you think!

 Ep 34. How I matched my income with my first launch (without quitting my job) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:32

I wanted to share a story with you that most people don't know. My first business was a complete FLOP. I didn’t have the right systems, mindset and DEFINITELY no accountability. ⁣ By starting my new business the right way, I was able to match my salary from my first launch. Since then, I've been able to: Grow my email list from 50 to almost 1,000 in 1 month, hit that 10k follower count on IG, and grow my podcast downloads to over 20k. ⁣ I’m sharing how I made it happen in this episode.

 Ep 33. Put some grind behind that plan sis. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:48

In this episode, we're talking to my girl Jenny who moved from Ethiopia to go to school in the states.  She quickly climbed the corporate ladder and was being prepped for a management position, when she decided to leave everything behind.  My girl quit her job, moved back to Ethiopia, and started her own successful business. She talks about how NONE of this would be possible without her grind. 

 Ep 32. Transition, Growth, and Impact - with Christina Duren | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:34

In this episode, we’re talking to Christina Duren, founder of Beautiful Brown girls, who talks about creating this community for Black women to fellowship, support each other, and grow together. At first, creating Beautiful Brown girls was a way for her to fellowship and find a community that she could connect with.  Her first meetup was a brunch with a total of 15 ladies.  Now, it's a global network of 23 chapters with 38,000 members!


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